Welcome to my (sports) world!
Football is here, and so am I. Welcome to my sports blog!
When I graduated and left Texas State in May, I also left my favorite part of my college career, which was being the sports editor of The University Star. Since then, I’ve spent the summer on the job hunt and removed from sports writing, my favorite thing in the world.
With the suggestion of a good friend, and in attempt not to get too rusty, I decided to start a sports blog from my perspective as a female sports fanatic, hence its title “Balls, Out.” I plan to use this as a platform for commentary on some of the latest sports news and a place to provide links to work from some of my favorite sports writers in the business.
So let’s get right to it: FOOTBALL IS HERE! Granted, it’s preseason, but it’s football nonetheless. I was beginning to think for a long time that there would be no professional football season, therefore putting me into a permanent state of anger and depression (and no, I’m not being dramatic).
The Texans — in general — looked good in their game against the Jets last week. While watching the first half, I — initially — felt like I was watching a different team. Let’s hope it translates to the regular season.
Super Mario looked fine in his first game at linebacker. The D under Wade Phillips looked surprisingly better than in past preseason games (Seven sacks overall, and four in the first half? I’ll take it!). J.J. Watt pleasantly surprised me in the first preseason game, and I hope to see more from him this season. Above all, I’d like to see Owen Daniels come back strong after an injury. I’d also like to see what Jonathan Joseph can accomplish, especially given that the corners Houston’s has been one of the most notable positions with which the team has struggled to find the right guy.
I saw progress, which means next to nothing in the preseason, but progress could translate to playoff success this year. I have faith.
Tonight against the Saints, I’d like to see what I saw last week: Numerous QB sacks and good defensive plays. I’d also like to see more from Mario and Chris Ogbonnaya. Above all, I’d just like to see these guys not give up the game like they’re known to do in the second half, preseason or not. A playoff appearance is long overdue, and it’s about time the drought ended.